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  • Loebsack, LaHood Lead Push for Multi-Year Biodiesel Tax Extension
    Posted in Press Release on February 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Darin LaHood today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers called for swift action in the House to ensure our farmers and producers have the certainty they need to support the more than 60,000 good paying jobs here in the U.S. that are part of the biodiesel industry. A full copy of the letter, signed by 44 Members, can be found here. “We believe in ma... Read more

  • For 11th Time Since Beginning of New Congress, Loebsack Votes to Fund and Reopen the Government
    Posted in Press Release on January 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Cleaning up Washington, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he and his democratic colleagues again passed a bill to end the reckless shutdown and get the government working on behalf of the American people. Today’s vote marks the 11th time the US House has voted on legislation to reopen the government since the beginning of the 116th Congress. This bill now heads to the Senate, where Leader McConnell has refused to consider any legislation passed by the House to fund the government, i... Read more

  • With Vote in Favor of USDA Funding Bill, Loebsack Remains Committed to Reopening the Government
    Posted in Press Release on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today voted in favor of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This legislation funds the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with the SNAP food assistance program. This bill is virtually identical to the bill that passed the Senate last year by a vote of 92-6. It now heads back to the Senate for its consideration. “One of the federal agencies that Iowans rely upon the most is USDA, which processes loans, makes payments and provides other essential services to Iowan... Read more

  • Loebsack and Gianforte’s Rural EMS Bill Now Law
    Posted in Press Release on December 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    President Trump today signed into law the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act of 2018. Congressmen Loebsack and Gianforte’s bipartisan law reauthorizes a federal grant program that helps rural communities and the EMS providers that serve them. “Patients in rural areas have the same medical conditions requiring an emergency response as those in urban areas do, however many rural EMS agencies face unique challenges in delivering quality care,” said Loebsack. “I am pleased to have ... Read more

  • With Signing of Farm Bill, Loebsack and Latta’s Precision Ag Bill to Become Law
    Posted in Press Release on December 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Today, the President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, which contained the language from H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act. Congressmen Loebsack and Latta have been working in a bipartisan fashion to get the bill signed into law. Earlier this year, the House passed H.R. 4881 on a standalone basis. “I am proud to work with Rep. Latta to get the language of this bipartisan bill signed into law. It is important that our farmers have access to the... Read more

  • Loebsack Precision Ag Legislation, Rural EMS & Broadband Funding Included in Farm Bill
    Posted in Press Release on December 11, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the final Farm Bill Conference report was made public. This legislation represents the final compromise between the House and Senate and is scheduled to be voted on later this week. “I am pleased that the House and Senate were finally able to put aside the partisan games and produce a Farm Bill that will provide Iowa’s farmers and rural communities with the certainty that they need to be able to plan for the upcoming planting... Read more

  • Loebsack Praises New E15 Rule to Allow Year-Round Sales
    Posted in Press Release on October 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after it was announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would begin rulemaking to allow the year-round sale of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol (E15). Current law does not allow E15 to be sold in the summer months. Loebsack has long worked on a bipartisan basis to broaden fuel choices for consumers. Earlier this Congress, Loebsack joined with Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) to introduce HR 1311, the Consumer and Fuel R... Read more

  • Loebsack Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Support for Rural Schools
    Posted in Press Release on September 6, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack recently reintroduced legislation that would provide greater support to rural communities to ensure that students attending rural schools have access to the same resources as their urban counterparts. Currently, rural schools have fewer financial resources than non-rural schools, which has created challenges to teacher recruitment and retention, and resulted in a lack of quality expanded learning time programs for students. Loebsack’s Restructuring Underutilized Resour... Read more

  • After 4 Months, EPA Fails to Fully Respond to Loebsack Questions on RFS “Hardship” Waiver
    Posted in Press Release on August 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    After four months, Congressman Dave Loebsack finally received a response from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the specific questions he had asked regarding the agency’s use of the small refinery exemption program. In April, then EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Loebsack serves on, about the small refinery exemption, also known as a ‘hardship’ waiver. During his testimony, Pruitt was unable to answer many of the quest... Read more

  • U.S. House Passes Loebsack, Latta Legislation to Reduce Barriers for Precision Agriculture Implementation
    Posted in Press Release on July 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4881, the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, to reduce barriers to the implementation of cutting-edge technology on America’s farms. The legislation, authored by Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), establishes a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task force, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband connectivity and technological needs of precision... Read more

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